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Poll: Trajanovski and Shilegov will most likely run in the second round of the mayoral elections

Skopje, 9 October, 2017 - 20:56 (META) 

The mayoral elections in Skopje will be unpredictable shows the telephone poll that was conducted in the period between the 23rd of September and the 2nd of October and was carried out by “M Prospekt” on request by Telma TV and MCMS on a specimen of 1.560 examinees, with a statistical error of 2.5%.

According to the data, the difference between both candidates for a mayor of Skopje, VMRO-DPMNE’s candidate Koce Trajanovski and SDSM’s candidate Petre Shilegov is 2.5% i.e. it is a small probability that the winner will be known after the first round of the elections.

In total, 37.1 % of the people questioned would vote for Shilegov, 34.6% for Trajanovski, 5.8% for another candidate while 22.5 wouldn’t vote for any candidate. According to the ethnicity of the examinees, Trajanovski enjoys the greatest support from the Macedonians i.e. 42.3 % while 30.9 % would vote for Shilegov. SDSM’s candidate has a greater support among the Albanian voters i.e. 58.6 would vote for Shilegov while 4.8% would vote for Trajanovski.

The situation is similar with the list of counselors for the city of Skopje. 33.8% of the examinees would vote for SDSM’s counselor list, 31.7% would have cast their vote for VMRO-DPMNE’s list, 4% of the examinees have stated positively for DUI’s list, 3.7% for Besa, 0.7% for the Alliance of the Albanians and 2% for another list. Still, 24% of the examinees have said that they wouldn’t vote for any list or didn’t provide an answer.

The poll also shows that the three municipalities in Skopje – Center, Gazi Baba, and Karposh – they could vote a mayor even in the first round of the elections.

Shilegov: The place for a Panoramic Wheel is in an amusement park, not the riverbed of Vardar

Skopje, 29 September, 2017 - 19:01 (META) 

The centre of Skopje is not an amusement park, and the place for a panoramic wheel is in an amusement park, and not by the riverbed of the Vardar river, stated SDSM candidate for mayor of the City of Skopje, Petre Shilegov.

He said that if he becomes mayor, he will consult the public with expertise on all decisions.

“That way we will find the best expert solution in order to make a valid decision. If you make a decision about what will happen with “Skopje 2014”, you will be the new Nikola Gruevski. As for the panoramic wheel, all aspects need to be looked at, to see what’s happening with the project. Its place is not on the riverbed of the Vardar river. However, everything we do, we will do the least harm to the citizens, as it is their money which was invested. I hope that this project will succeed in a timely manner, if it is not too far along, we can stop the panoramic wheel’s location, it’s place is in an amusement park. The centre of Skopje is not an amusement park”, said Shilegov.

He said he would respect the will of the citizens about the look of GTC and leave it open to everyone.

The verdict against the hooligans at the Parliament was ordered, criminal and shameful

Skopje, 23 May, 2017 - 16:04 (META) 

I sincerely hope that none of the people that participated in this politically ordered sentence will ever experience what SDSM’s MPs and the parliamentary majority experienced when they were attacked by a mob at their workplace, in order to realize that these sentences are criminal, a shame and probably one of the blackest dates in the history of the Macedonian judiciary” said SDSM’s spokesperson when asked by a journalist regarding today’s decision by the Basic Court Skopje I when all of the nine convicted for the violence at the Parliament on the 27th of April received suspended sentences.

he also said that the talks regarding the government are currently happening but so far there is nothing to be shared with the general public.

“The negotiations are happening on all levels, which was evident yesterday or today. Everything that is happening will be revealed” also said Shilegov.

Shilegov: We have evidence of terrorist jeopardizing of the constitutional order

Skopje, 29 April, 2017 - 18:00 (META) 

We possess serious evidence that indicates that on Thursday at the Parliament a criminal act of terrorism jeopardizing of the constitutional order and security was done, said today SDSM’s spokesperson Petre Shilegov, also saying that it’s a violation of Article 313 of the Criminal Code.

-We have photographs, video materials, and other evidence, and we know who are the persons that had masks or had not that tried to kill MPs at the Parliament, who attacked journalists and employees at the Parliament. The evidence will be submitted at authorized institutions. We indicate that the Ministry of Interior and the Republic Public Prosecution not to delay and not to find excuses on the third day after the incidents, but to act, officially, to determine the responsibility – said Shilegov.

SDSM’s spokesperson added that the attack on the MPs, journalists, as well as the attack on the Parliament, is jeopardizing the constitutional order and the security and that someone has to be taken accountable, both the orderers and the perpetrators.

Ahmeti: We should make a good decision and soon there will be a definite result

Skopje, 16 February, 2017 - 21:05 (META) 

We should make a good and solid decision, and each reaction could have fatal consequences, announced today DUI’s party leader Ali Ahmeti, after the celebrations of the 16th anniversary of the armed conflict in 2001.

Ahmeti said that the party is making all sorts of analyses, but they won’t result in a bombastic solution, but it’s about certain issues that refer to the interests of the Albanians and their legal and political status.

-I think that any quick reaction might have fatal consequences. DUI has never been a subject that has caused any problems, but on contrary, it has provided solutions. I think there will be a result soon and a definite answer. We should make a good and solid decision – said Ahmeti.

Shilegov: Gruevski is creating a crisis to avoid prosecution and prison

Skopje, 16 February, 2017 - 17:25 (META) 

At this stage, we are talking about the mandate for forming a government. We are not talking about the personnel, neither about the form or type of Government, and whether such an agreement will be reached, said the spokesperson for SDSM, Petre Shilegov when asked whether SDSM had received a draft-law about the use of languages from the Albanian parties.

When asked if VMRO-DPMNE were to be the opposition, does SDSM expect them to cause incidents or riots in the country, Shilegov replied that Macedonia is calm, stable and a democratic state.

“The essence of the crisis which the Republic of Macedonia finds itself in, is the fall of the government, which is solely criminal and criminogenic. Deep within this crisis that VMRO-DPMNE wants to present, is a certain type of crisis and a conspiracy that the whole world is against Macedonia, and here lies the effort of Nikola Gruevski and the criminal leadership to save themselves from their own fate, which obviously as soon as there will be favorable conditions for normal trials, he will be located in the correctional facilities of the Republic of Macedonia”, said Shilegov.

He added that he doesn’t expect any reactions from the Anti Corruption Committee regarding the mortgage of VMRO-DPMNE’s building because all regulatory bodies are completely occupied by party officials.

“When it comes to all the scandals that surfaced about high-ranking officials in the Republic of Macedonia in the recent period, the Anti Corruption Committee has remained mute, even when all of the journalists weren’t allowed to ask Nikola Gruevski any questions, which is why at the end of the day it is irrelevant whether the Anti Corruption Committee will start an inquiry”, said Shilegov.

SDSM calls Jolevski to reveal the conversation he had with Congressman Rohrabacher

Skopje, 16 February, 2017 - 15:55 (META) 

The Minister of Defense from the ranks of VMRO-DPMNE, Zoran Jolevski has to explain what was discussed during his meeting with the American Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and whether the meeting was instigated because of the Congressman’s controversial statements about the partition of Macedonia, said today SDSM’s spokesperson, Petre Shilegov at a press conference.

He stressed that it is inadmissible that a Minister of Defense should be using privileges in order to organize private trips and meetings around the world, and after that statements that Macedonia will fall apart to start circulating.

Yesterday, the Prizma portal published that the Ministry of Defense had confirmed for BIRN that Jolevski on the 2nd of February had  met with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher during his visit to the USA.

A few days later, on the 6th of February, the American Congressman, who is also a Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, in an interview for the Albanian television “Vizion Plus” stated that “Macedonia is not a country” and that it should be divided between Kosovo and Bulgaria.

VMRO-DPMNE: Šilegov is the new Radmila Šekjerinska

Skopje, 13 February, 2017 - 10:22 (META) 

The millionaire Petre Šilegov, during SDSM’s election campaign, has donated 60.000 denars or triple less than the money that was generously donated to the party by the unemployed student Ivana Tufegdžikj and the Soros’ mercenary Pavle Bogoevski, said VMRO-DPMNE’s press release.

The press release further states that ‘Šilegov, unlike Tufegdžikj and Bogoevski, who were working for SDSM doing field work, had more time to work for himself”.

-For the last two years, according to the publicly available data, he has managed to become richer for 200.000 euros, and he bought three new apartments during these two years. According to all indications, Šilegov is the new Radmila Šekjeriska who is known to be renting apartments to herself for 5000 euros – said VMRO-DPMNE’s press release.

Shilegov: We are working on finding a solution, soon we will have a government

Skopje, 4 February, 2017 - 17:38 (META) 

SDSM is completely devoted to finding a quick and efficient solution for forming a new government of the Republic of Macedonia, announced today SDSM’s spokesperson, Petre Shilegov, while answering a question whether an agreement can be expected soon about a parliamentary majority.

Regarding the statement by DUI’s spokesperson, Bujar Osmani that without an agreement for a government there won’t be any signatures, Shilegov said that all political subjects that are involved in the post-election process have to be conscious of the condition that the Republic of Macedonia is in and bear the responsibility of their decisions.

“All subjects have to be aware of the complexity of the task and the challenges that are in front of the Republic of Macedonia, and to make appropriate decisions concerning that situation, said Shilegov.

Yet, he didn’t reveal whether they are negotiating with DUI or when a meeting between Zaev and Ahmeti can be expected.

“Have patience, and the moment when certain information will be mature for sharing, we will inform you. We wouldn’t want to speculate with information because it would additionally cause confusion among the general public”, said Shilegov, adding that when the mandate will be approved, Zaev will announce SDSM’s opinion about the platform announced by the Albanian parties.

Shilegov: By a warrant by UBK the work of 22 NGOs and 42 persons who are criticizing the authorities is being checked

Skopje, 4 January, 2017 - 18:59 (META) 

SDSM’s spokesperson and MP at the Parliament, Petre Shilegov, today has said that according to the information they have, by an initiative of the current director of the Directory of Security and counterintelligence and former director of the Directorate of financial intelligence, Vladimir Atanasovski, the State commission for corruption prevention (SCCP) has asked an inspection of 22 NGOs.

-The Directorate of financial intelligence, according to the information, has started an inspection of 22 NGOs. Also, there are inspections regarding 42 persons that have openly criticized the rule of Gruevski and are in the opposition – said Shilegov.

He announced that the Anticorruption commission and the Directorate for financial intelligence must not be an instrument of the VMRO-DPMNE’s leader, Nikola Gruevski and his associates, who for their personal interests want to clash with the democratic public.

-We are saying to all public institutions not to give in to pressures that Nikola Gruevski is trying to impose during the last days of VMRO-DPMNE. Nikola Gruevski and the criminal authorities are already a past. The majority of citizens of Macedonia have asked for changes. New and responsible government for the citizens of Macedonia is coming. All who have worked against the interest of the citizens or were accomplices of the regime in their illegal and unprofessional activities will be held responsible – stressed Shilegov